The School of Everything


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Presentation given by Chris Swain, Becta, and Paul Miller, School of Everything at Becta's "Time to Innovate" conference, Birmingham, 9 March 2010

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    1. 1. Chris Swaine, Becta Paul Miller, School of Everything The Learning Revolution School of Everything
    2. 2. Background… <ul><li>IAL consultation [ Click for Government response to consultation URL ] </li></ul><ul><li>Publication of Learning Revolution [ Link ] </li></ul><ul><li>Range of commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Becta’s role across chapter 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation and finding a partner </li></ul>
    3. 3. About the School of Everything <ul><li>Background – the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Launched 1st September 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>For-profit company with a social goal </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by seed stage investors including Channel 4. </li></ul><ul><li>Team of six in Bethnal Green, London </li></ul>Pete Russell Dougald Paul Claire Hugo Sangeet Click on pictures for profiles and roles within the team
    4. 4. Publicity around the School of Everything…. Glamour Magazine?
    5. 5. School of Everything community <ul><li>28,000 registered members </li></ul><ul><li>8,000 teaching profiles [teachers] </li></ul><ul><li>100,000 unique visitors per month </li></ul>
    6. 6. School of Everything subject areas <ul><li>. </li></ul>User / community generated taxonomy
    7. 7. School of Everything – teacher profile <ul><li>Ratings and Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Learners can feedback . </li></ul><ul><li>Good tutors will rise to the top? </li></ul>
    8. 8. School of Everything – current resources
    9. 9. And then this happened….
    10. 10. So what’s coming? <ul><li>Postcode search </li></ul><ul><li>Customisable search widget </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational* profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Free or low cost venues database </li></ul><ul><li>Courses and learning opportunites database </li></ul><ul><li>Events database. </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk upload tools </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity – vote, review, contact </li></ul><ul><li>More types of resources to support IAL </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations/providers could be tutors, self organised groups, clubs, societies, VCS, businesses, statutory sector. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Postcode or place…
    12. 12. Search widget for your website… <ul><li>Click on image for URL </li></ul>
    13. 13. Free or low cost spaces [venues] testing now… <ul><li>Add venues </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information about facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Edit venues </li></ul><ul><li>Rate and review venues </li></ul><ul><li>Good venues will surface. </li></ul><ul><li>Great opportunity to promote venues </li></ul><ul><li>Will the cream rise? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Upload a range of resources for IAL… <ul><li>Word documents </li></ul><ul><li>PDFs </li></ul><ul><li>Images [jpeg, gif </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Web links </li></ul><ul><li>Notes for your scrapbook </li></ul><ul><li>Etc..... </li></ul><ul><li>Community responsive – what do you need to upload? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Organisational profiles <ul><li>Association </li></ul><ul><li>Charity </li></ul><ul><li>Club </li></ul><ul><li>Circle </li></ul><ul><li>Group </li></ul><ul><li>Independent teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Private training provider </li></ul><ul><li>Publicly funded learning provider </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Union </li></ul>What’s missing?
    16. 16. Key dates for you… <ul><li>14 TH January 10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Postcode search capability - done! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customisable search widget – done! [this will be enhanced as more functionality is included] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>28 th February 10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable events database. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to upload resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable courses database. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to bulk upload courses and venues for privileged users. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>19 th March 10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All features outlined in the ITT fully user tested and snag free and released to the general public. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. What services could come? <ul><li>Targeted locality newspaper – ‘The metro for learning’. Innovative design & format for community - Local delivery into community venues - pubs? </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed analysis of user take up and demand across postcode areas? Support strategic planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Would your organisation be interested? </li></ul>
    18. 18. How can you help? <ul><li>Testers and organisation’s to help pilot and provide feedback [ Link ] </li></ul><ul><li>Send us your information and data on courses / learning opportunities, venues and events. [Any format – .txt, .csv etc] </li></ul><ul><li>Your comments and thoughts around safety. Is the existing advice sufficient? [ Link ] </li></ul><ul><li>Who is helping us – look a the logos below! </li></ul>
    19. 19. Find out more… <ul><li>Join </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for: </li></ul><ul><li>BIS ‘ Revolutions e-Newsletter ’ </li></ul>
    20. 20. Contact… <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Everything HQ: 020 8980 8435 </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: 07919 497 756 </li></ul>
    21. 21. Question & Answers? <ul><li>What’s your name </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation? </li></ul><ul><li>Question? </li></ul>